Patents by Inventor Daniel C. Birchak

Daniel C. Birchak has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 10913538
    Abstract: Outflow valve (OFV) assemblies including non-metallic frames and enhanced attachment features are provided. In embodiments, the OFV assembly includes a non-metallic frame to which at least one valve door is pivotally mounted. The non-metallic frame may, in turn, include a generally rectangular frame body, a central opening through the frame body, an outer peripheral flange extending around at least a portion of the frame body. Frame attachment interfaces are distributed or spaced around the outer peripheral flange of the non-metallic frame. The frame attachment interfaces include fastener openings and elevated platform regions, which project from an inboard side of the outer peripheral flange and through which the fastener openings extend. Base plates seat against the elevated platform regions. Fasteners engage the base plates and extend through the fastener openings to an outboard side of the outer peripheral flange to attach the OFV assembly to an aircraft fuselage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2021
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Daniel C. Birchak, Albert Kang, Darrell Horner, John Perek, Abhay Naik, Jagadeesh Hariwal, William F. Ryan, Doug Smith, Bharath Chandra G, Saravana Mahalingam
  • Patent number: 10889386
    Abstract: A component mounting assembly includes a non-metallic frame, a nut plate, and a grounding strap. The non-metallic frame is adapted for mounting to an aircraft fuselage. The non-metallic frame includes an outer peripheral portion having one or more fastener openings formed therein, and extends to a first height above the outer peripheral portion. The nut plate is coupled to the outer peripheral portion and extends therefrom to a second height that is at least 50% of the first height. The grounding strap is coupled, via a threaded fastener, to the nut plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 12, 2021
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Daniel C Birchak, Christopher Thomas, William F Ryan
  • Publication number: 20200247549
    Abstract: Outflow valve (OFV) assemblies including non-metallic frames and enhanced attachment features are provided. In embodiments, the OFV assembly includes a non-metallic frame to which at least one valve door is pivotally mounted. The non-metallic frame may, in turn, include a generally rectangular frame body, a central opening through the frame body, an outer peripheral flange extending around at least a portion of the frame body. Frame attachment interfaces are distributed or spaced around the outer peripheral flange of the non-metallic frame. The frame attachment interfaces include fastener openings and elevated platform regions, which project from an inboard side of the outer peripheral flange and through which the fastener openings extend. Base plates seat against the elevated platform regions. Fasteners engage the base plates and extend through the fastener openings to an outboard side of the outer peripheral flange to attach the OFV assembly to an aircraft fuselage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 6, 2019
    Publication date: August 6, 2020
    Applicant: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Daniel C. Birchak, Albert Kang, Darrell Horner, John Perek, Abhay Naik, Jagadeesh Hariwal, William F. Ryan, Doug Smith, Bharath Chandra G, Saravana Mahalingam
  • Publication number: 20200031493
    Abstract: Lightning-dissipative A/C assemblies are provided, as are valve frames utilized within lightning-dissipative A/C assemblies. In embodiments, the lightning-dissipative A/C assembly includes a base dielectric component having a mount interface, a strike-susceptible metallic component coupled to the base dielectric component, and mounting hardware configured to engage the mount interface to attach the base dielectric component to an A/C. An electrically-conductive coating overlies or is formed over at least a portion of the base dielectric component to complete a lightning strike dissipation path. The lightning strike dissipation path extends from the strike-susceptible metallic component, through the electrically-conductive coating, through the mounting hardware, and to an A/C electrical ground plane when the lightning-dissipative A/C assembly is installed on the A/C.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 26, 2018
    Publication date: January 30, 2020
    Applicant: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Daniel C. Birchak, John Perek, William F. Ryan
  • Patent number: 10443541
    Abstract: A thrust reverser system for a gas turbine engine includes a support structure, a transcowl, and an actuator. The transcowl is mounted on the support structure and is axially translatable between a stowed position and a deployed position. The actuator is coupled to the transcowl and the support structure, and is configured to supply an actuation force to the transcowl to thereby move the transcowl between the stowed and deployed positions. The actuator includes an actuator housing, a screw, a nut, a rod end, and a tension rod. The tension rod is engaged by the nut when the transcowl is in the deployed position and is engaged by the rod end when the transcowl is in the stowed position, whereby actuator loads, in both the deployed and stowed positions, are transmitted through the tension rod to the support structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 15, 2019
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Kevin K Chakkera, Daniel C Birchak, Donald Jeffrey Christensen, James Wawrzynek
  • Patent number: 10093412
    Abstract: A pneumatic taxi system of an aircraft with a rotary non-turbine air motor for driving a wheel, of an aircraft landing gear, with compressed air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Donald Jeffrey Christensen, Steve Able, Daniel C. Birchak
  • Publication number: 20180209376
    Abstract: A thrust reverser system for a gas turbine engine includes a support structure, a transcowl, and an actuator. The transcowl is mounted on the support structure and is axially translatable between a stowed position and a deployed position. The actuator is coupled to the transcowl and the support structure, and is configured to supply an actuation force to the transcowl to thereby move the transcowl between the stowed and deployed positions. The actuator includes an actuator housing, a screw, a nut, a rod end, and a tension rod. The tension rod is engaged by the nut when the transcowl is in the deployed position and is engaged by the rod end when the transcowl is in the stowed position, whereby actuator loads, in both the deployed and stowed positions, are transmitted through the tension rod to the support structure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Publication date: July 26, 2018
    Applicant: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Kevin K. Chakkera, Daniel C. Birchak, Donald Jeffrey Christensen, James Wawrzynek
  • Publication number: 20180058372
    Abstract: A thrust reverser system for a gas turbine engine includes a support structure, a transcowl, an actuator, and a retractable cable. The support structure is configured to be mounted to the turbine engine. The transcowl is mounted on the support structure and is axially translatable, relative to the support structure, between a stowed position and a deployed position. The actuator is configured to supply an actuation force to the transcowl to thereby move the transcowl between the stowed and deployed positions. The retractable cable is coupled to the transcowl and the support structure, and is configured to react reverse thrust loads on the transcowl at least when the transcowl is in the deployed position, to thereby at least reduce thrust loading on the actuator.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 22, 2016
    Publication date: March 1, 2018
    Applicant: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Donald Jeffrey Christensen, Kevin K. Chakkera, Daniel C. Birchak, James Wawrzynek
  • Publication number: 20170217604
    Abstract: A component mounting assembly includes a non-metallic frame, a nut plate, and a grounding strap. The non-metallic frame is adapted for mounting to an aircraft fuselage. The non-metallic frame includes an outer peripheral portion having one or more fastener openings formed therein, and extends to a first height above the outer peripheral portion. The nut plate is coupled to the outer peripheral portion and extends therefrom to a second height that is at least 50% of the first height. The grounding strap is coupled, via a threaded fastener, to the nut plate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2016
    Publication date: August 3, 2017
    Applicant: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Daniel C. Birchak, Christopher Thomas, William F. Ryan
  • Publication number: 20170121013
    Abstract: A pneumatic taxi system of an aircraft with a rotary non-turbine air motor for driving a wheel, of an aircraft landing gear, with compressed air.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Publication date: May 4, 2017
    Applicant: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Donald Jeffrey Christensen, Steve Able, Daniel C. Birchak